Chesapeake man charged after car found in water in Norfolk

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Chesapeake man has been charged with reckless driving after a car he had been driving was found in a creek Monday morning in Norfolk.

The car was found in the water behind Colley Avenue, near West 43rd Street. Police said they were alerted to this situation around 8 a.m., but responding officers found no one inside the car.

Bernard Tiernan, 48, of Chesapeake, is a facing a reckless driving charge for the incident, which police classified Tuesday as a hit-and-run.

Police say Tiernan was driving around 3:30 a.m. Monday when he almost fell asleep, lost control of his car, crashed into a fence and then into the water.

Tiernan then exited the car and walked to where he works on Granby Street. According to police, Tiernan said he got a ride back to Chesapeake, and then called Norfolk police around 10:30 a.m.

An image from the scene Monday showed a submerged car in the water of Knitting Mill Creek. Tiernan was not hurt in the crash, and no other cars were involved.

Photos: Norfolk police pull car from water

One neighbor told 10 On Your Side she heard a loud crash around 3 a.m.

“I heard a loud explosion as well did my neighbors hear the same thing,” said a woman who only identified herself as Mary. “I got up, looked, of course it’s pitch dark and I couldn’t see anything.”

A man who works at a nearby restaurant noticed tire tracks on a gravel parking lot off Colley Ave. There was also a broken fence a few yards in front of the water.

“Whoever it was just basically plowed through. I don’t know if they were sick, or it could be anything. Nobody knows at this point,” said Donald Mann.

Crews pulled the car out of the water around 11 a.m. Fire and rescue crews, a Norfolk dive team and Norfolk Marine Patrol responded to the scene Monday.